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IOWA CITY (KWWL) -

A University of Iowa student who died after being injured in a fall while studying abroad is being remembered.

20-year old Andrew Mogni was studying in Rome when he fell in January.

Mogni died from his injuries earlier this month in a Chicago-area hospital.

The UI campus honored Mogni during a vigil Sunday night.

"Andrew has touched so many hearts with his kindness and compassion," said UI dean of students, David Grady.

A kindness and compassion clearly shown as nearly 200 people came to remember Mogni as his Sigma Nu Fraternity brother's hosted the vigil.

"How amazing he was and how amazing he truly was and how he truly is our angel now," said a student who knew Mogni.

Several students shared moments honoring a student who they say touched every life in his path

"Confirms that his presence continues to look upon us," said his fraternity brother Mark Parise.

People who knew him say he was always smiling, always helping others and always wanting to work out.

They say Mogni just wanted to better his campus community by always making them smile and during Sunday night's vigil the campus came together for him - in hopes of making him smile.

Mogni's family including his parents, brother and grandparents were also at the vigil.

His father Benjamin Mogni shed a few tears as he saw the matchless support gathered at the vigil.

"I haven't prayed in 30 years, now I'm praying three times a day," said Benjamin Mogni when talking about the impact his son had on him.

Mogni was injured while studying abroad in Rome, and later died after an accidental fall.

There are still some unanswered questions surrounding the fall, because authorities are investigation to see if Mogni may have been robbed.

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